Obituaries

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Jacqueline M. Greene

Jacqueline M. Greene, 47, of Trout, passed from this life on Saturday, January 16, 2016, at Trout. Services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22, at the New Life Pentecostal Church of Manifest with the Revs. David Poole and Reid Terry officiating. Interment followed in the Heard Cemetery of Manifest under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria. She was preceded in death by her sister, Linda Rider; mother, Annette Adella Greene; and father, Jack Allen Greene. Survivors include her daughter, April Annette Otwell; brothers, Mike Brown and wife Pam, and Harvey Brown and wife Sue; and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Kim Poole, Kevin Poole, MJ Brown, Derek Smith, Daniel Steven, and Josh Stevens. 

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Lester Long LaCour

Lester Long LaCour, 82, of Bossier City, passed from this life on Monday, January 18, 2016. He was born June 7, 1933 at Selma to the union of his parents Boyce T. and Mary L. LaCour. Lester graduated from Jena High School, and proudly served his country in the United States Army. He was an outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. In later years, hunting and fishing took a “back seat” to crossword puzzles and playing Skip Bo. Lester was a member of Overcoming Faith Church, a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather, and always put the needs of others first. He will be deeply missed! Services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 22, at Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home in Haughton officiated by Rev. Robert Batchelor and Jeff Sandifer. Interment followed in Hill Crest Memorial Park under direction of Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home of Haughton. He was preceded in death by his son, Duane LaCour; brother, Rev. Laymon LaCour; step-brother, Edward Beckwith; and his parents.

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Q. Y. “Tommy” Smith

Q. Y. “Tommy” Smith, 84, of Manifest, passed from this life on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at his residence. Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Oak Grove Cemetery near Manifest with James “Bub” Boyd officiating. Interment followed under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria. Survivors include his wife, Ruby Swayze Smith; daughter, Laurie Stutson and husband Mike; sons, Kyle Smith and wife Tammy and Bradley Smith; grandchildren, Michael W. Stutson, Kayla Youvon Stutson, Jesse Smith, Leslie Smith and Blair Smith; great grandchildren, Emma Rose Stutson, Kylie Breland, Kaitlyn Breland, Christopher Smith, and Caden Smith. Pallbearers were Jesse Smith, Michael Stutson, John Davenport, Coy Smith and “Woody” Smith. 

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Margarette Anita Thompson

Margarette Anita Thompson, 72, of Jena, was received into Heaven on Saturday, January 16, 2016. She was born Saturday, November 27, 1943 in Jena to the union of her parents, James Louis “Jim” and Louella Margaret Nugent Thompson. Ms. Margarette was one of the longest members/clients of the Jena LADD Center. She started working on April 18, 1983, and continued working up until her death. She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, and six brothers. Survivors include a host of nieces, nephews, and friends. Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena with the Revs. Johnnie Phillips and Byron Gray officiating. Interment followed in the Hurricane Creek Cemetery in the White Sulphur Springs Community under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena. Pallbearers were nephews – Tony Thompson, Ray Thompson, Dale Thompson, Doug Thompson, Jim Thompson and Lane Hanner.  

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Beverly Adcock Gunn

Beverly Adcock Gunn, 67, of Swartz, passed from this life on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe. She was born September 16, 1948 in Monticello, Arkansas, to the union of her parents, Louis and Mordre Adcock. Mrs. Gunn worked at CenturyLink for 18 years and received several awards in her department. She was a huge Arkansas Razorback fan and loved to “call them Hogs”. Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 15, in the chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home on Sterlington Road in Monroe with Rev. David McGuffee officiating. Interment followed at 3 p.m. that afternoon at Union Ridge Cemetery in Monticello, AR, under direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home of Monroe. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Jan Hux.

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Ernestine “Ernie” Poole

Ernestine “Ernie” Virginia Andrews Poole, 80, of Bryant, Ark., and formerly of Jena, died Thursday, January 14, 2016, in Benton, AR. She was born April 8, 1935, in the Nickel Community to Stantford L. “Buddy” Andrews and Rosa Roark Andrews. Ernie graduated from Jena High School in 1953 and two years later, on Sept. 1, 1955, she married Nathan H. Poole, Jr. of Enterprise, La. She worked as a bank teller at Delta Bank and Trust in Port Sulphur and at the La- Salle State Bank in Jena. She was also a receptionist for Dr. Sanit Sirikul and later worked as the receptionist at First Baptist Church Jena, where she retired in 2002. A dedicated member of First Baptist Church, Ernie organized the food pantry and for over forty years served on the Mission Action Committee, which reached out to those in need in the community and around the world. She taught youth Sunday school and loved to sing in the choir.

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Jim A. Howard, Sr.

Jim A. Howard, Sr., 65, of the Midway Community near Jena, passed from this life at 10 p.m., Saturday, January 15, 2016, at his home following a lengthy illness. He was born January 21, 1950 in Jena to the union of his parents, Dorothy and Sammual Howard. Jim retired in 2006 as an EMT and Paramedic with the LaSalle Ambulance Service operating from LaSalle General Hospital. He was a member of Trout Creek Baptist Church. Services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 23, in Good Pine. Interment will follow in the Webster Cemetery of Good Pine. Survivors include one daughter, Arlean Walker; and two sons, Leonard D. Howard and Jim A. Howard, Jr., all of Jena.  

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Barbara Lea Windham

Barbara Lea McLendon Windham, 84, of Trout, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, January 15, 2016 following a brief illness. She was born on Friday, July 24, 1931 in Jena to the union of her parents, Robert Elbern and Gertrude Ella Fryday McLendon. Mrs. Windham was an active member of Fellowship Baptist Church in the Belah Community, where she taught Sunday School for many years. She was the widow of the late Doyle Windham, who served as LaSalle Parish Sheriff from 1976-80. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and a true friend to many in this area. Services were held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 17, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Rick Feazell officiating. Interment followed in the Belah Cemetery in the Belah- Fellowship Community under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband of sixty years Doyle Windham; her parents; a brother Bobby McLendon, Jr.; and a sister, Joline Allen.

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Kenneth Paul Kincaid, Jr.

Kenneth Paul Kincaid, Jr., 54, of Jena, passed from this life on Wednesday, December 23, 2015, at his home following a long battle with End Stage Renal Disease. He was born December 1, 1961 in St. Albans, New York. Mr. Kincaid was employed in the health care field at various hospitals and clinics in Arizona before moving to Jena. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rebecca Miranda, and son, Jonathon. Survivors include his parents, Kenneth Kincaid, Sr. and Regina Kincaid; sons, Kenneth Kincaid, III, and Patrick Kincaid; his sister, Regina Marcial and her family; and the Flynn family of Jena. 

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Richard Paul Vachula

Richard Paul Vachula, 81, of Trout, passed from this life on Sunday, December 13, 2015, in Jena. He was born on April 1, 1934 in Whatley, MA to the union of his parents, Paul Vachula, Jr. and Stella Valeski Vachula. Mr. Vachula was an equipment operator in construction and a veteran of the United States Army. A memorial service will be held this Saturday, Jan. 23, at Midway Baptist Church. Visitation will be between 12- noon and 2 p.m. with a brief service to follow at 2 p.m. Arrangements are under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena. He was preceded in death by parents, and son, Micheal Paul Vachula. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Burns Vachula of Trout; daughters, Linda Anne Vachula of Trout and Shirley Cox and husband Micky of Minden; and grandchildren, Whitney Whorton and husband Lee, Holly Watson and husband Ed, Megan Cox and Justin Cox, and four great-grandchildren. 

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